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Holiday Crafts For The Kids

I used to dread the school holidays. Once my kids get bored, the whole world has to hear about it. However, fighting and screaming during the holidays is now a thing of the past once I figured out what crafts they like to do. In this blog, I want to share simple crafts your kids can do in the holidays to keep their brain active. You don't need to spend a fortune on craft supplies either to keep your kids out of trouble. I will share the most versatile supplies to get, and all the different things you can do with them. Be prepared for a much more peaceful school holiday in your home.



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Key Facts That Novice Candle-Makers Should Know About Scented Candles

by Herman Martin

Scented candles can evoke a sense of warmth in interior spaces. Also, the fragrance heightens ambience and creates a sensory experience. Scented candles consist of three levels of scent notes, namely base, central, and top. The first scent that hits you when a candle is lit comprises top notes, while central notes form the heart of scent profile. Base notes develop over time as a candle continues to burn and dominate the air even when it goes off. There are multiple combinations of fragrances and scents for candle-making based on personal preference. Paying great attention to notes is a sure way of determining a good scent profile for your candles. Here are some introductory facts about scented candles.

Know Your Notes

As previously described, scents and fragrances are classified into the top, middle and base notes, which combine to provide a unique profile for each scent. Top fragrance notes draw you in because of the light smell; for instance, soft florals and citrus. However, top notes also fade quickly because of high volatility. On the other hand, the middle notes provide a balance between the top and base notes. Examples of such notes include light and woody, fruits, gourmands and bright florals. Expect middle notes to dominate the interior spaces when a candle burns. Lastly, base notes lend longevity and depth to candle aromas. Examples of base notes are spices, woods, musks, amber and vanilla. Base notes linger in a room long after a candle extinguishes. 

Scent Throw

Candle-makers aim to make scented candles with sufficient scent throw, which is a candle's ability to fill a room with its fragrance. A large room requires a large candle with strong scents, while a small room requires a small candle with just enough fragrance. Different candle waxes have various saturation points, limiting the amount of scent that you can add to waxes. Adding too much scent causes a candle to burn off a layer of oil, which is unsightly and unsafe due to high flammability. Conversely, adding too little fragrance deprives your candles of good scent throw. 

Scent It All the Way

When candles burn, waxes shrink, creating holes. Remedying the problem calls for candle-makers to introduce a second wax layer for a smooth finish, preventing uneven burning and wax shrinkage. A common problem with some scented candles is that candle-makers only add fragrance to the second layer or the wick. Therefore, the scent dissipates when the top layer burns away. To achieve a long-lasting scent, consider adding fragrance oils to all wax layers. 

Contact a company that provides candle-making supplies for more information.